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Clause Combining in Semitic: The Circumstantial Clause and Beyond
Isaksson, Bo and Maria Persson, editors

Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2015 pp. 418. Ä68.00

Series Information
Abhandlungen fŁr die Kunde des Morgenlandes, 96


Description: The volume presents the results of an international project carried out in cooperation between the Uppsala University, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Lund University and the University of Gothenburg. The questions put forward in the project were: How is hypotaxis marked in Semitic, other than by conjunctions? How does this affect the organization of texts? More specifically, what constitutes a circumstantial clause? To find an answer to these questions, all the major Semitic language families and some modern spoken Semitic dialects were surveyed within the project. Thus, Clause Combining in Semitic: The Circumstantial Clause and Beyond examines how different kinds of clauses combine to a text in a number of Semitic languages (Ethio-Semitic not included). Specifically, many of its chapters examine how circumstantial clauses are coded in individual Semitic languages.

Subjects: Methods, Linguistics

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Review by Frank H. Polak
Published 7/28/2016
Citation: Frank H. Polak, review of Bo Isaksson and Maria Persson, eds., Clause Combining in Semitic: The Circumstantial Clause and Beyond, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).


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